Who won Jeopardy! tonight, May 12?

Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik (ABC/Casey Durkin)
Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik (ABC/Casey Durkin) /

Jeopardy! returned on Thursday with its third defending champion of the week. So, did we get a new champion tonight?

Daniel Nguyen, a high school math teacher from San Jose, California, entered Thursday night’s game as a one-day champion. On Wednesday, he took home $7,199.

Trying to knock him off the winner’s podium tonight were Charly Kuecks, a writer and test prep expert from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Matt Petroff, a management consultant from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Who won Jeopardy! tonight?

Daniel Nguyen got off to a fast start, answering 10 out of 11 “Jeopardy!” round questions correctly. He finished in first place with $6,000. In second sat Matt Petroff with $2,600, followed by Charly Kuecks with $800.

Despite answering both “Daily Double” questions incorrectly, Nguyen maintained his lead through “Double Jeopardy!” play. He banked $18,000, while Kuecks finished with $7,600 and Petroff with $200.

Nguyen didn’t have to risk anything in “Final Jeopardy!” and that’s exactly what he did. He still answered correctly on his way to becoming a two-day Jeopardy! champion with winnings totaling $25,199.

What was tonight’s Final Jeopardy! clue?

Two out of three players came up with the correct response on Thursday night. Here’s the clue in the category “Constitutions of the World”:

Amendments to its 1901 constitution require approval of at least 4 states before receiving Royal Assent

“Jeopardy!” set (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) /

Answer: What is Australia?

Daniel Nguyen and Matt Petroff both came up with the correct response. Charly Kuecks incorrectly wrote down Spain as her answer, costing her $4,799.

Who won Jeopardy! tonight, May 12?

To recap, here’s how Jeopardy! finished on Thursday, May 12, 2022:

1. Daniel Nguyen: $18,000
2. Charly Kuecks: $2,801
3. Matt Petroff: $400

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